There is something lurking beneath the masks that members of the Castlegar Fire Department (CFD) are wearing.
A group of 16 firefighters have formed the CFD Stachemasters to participate in the Movember fundraising challenge. Each of them will be growing a mustache for the entire month.
Movember is a registered charity looking to change the face of men’s health, specifically in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention, prostrate cancer and testicular cancer.
In Canada, the organization hopes to reduce the rate of male suicides by 25 per cent and cut the number of men dying of prostrate cancer and testicular cancer in half by 2030.
In 2019, Movember Canada raised $20.8 million for these causes with the Castlegar Stachemasters contributing $7565 to the total.
This year, the Castlegar team aims to raise $10,000.
They also hope to excel in the Great Canadian Fire Challenge — a friendly competition between fire departments to see who can raise the most money. Last year, the Castlegar team came in 13th place out of 253 teams. It was quite an accomplishment since they were competing against teams from much larger cities all across the country.
You can donate to Movember through the Castlegar Stachemasters’ team page on ca.movember.com . For additional ways to donate, contact the team’s captain Nick Pieszak at 403-605-3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566.